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Old September 17th, 2018, 05:50 PM #1
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1911 broken guide rod

Took apart a RIA 1911 full size to clean and found the guide rod broken. Everything else looks fine, no problems while at the range shooting which is weird maybe broke during field strip if it was weak. Used gun I purshased last year I have probably put 600-700 rounds through it. Ever happen to anyone?
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Old September 17th, 2018, 05:55 PM #2
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Not gonna knock RIA 1911s as they make good stuff for the money but they use mostly castings and few parts from forgings or bar stock. A good quality casting is ok...but castings are porous and don't have the strength of a part either forged or milled from bar stock. That one must have had a flaw in its casting and is probably an unusual occurrence. It does show the greatness of the 1911 design in that it can still operate after a parts breakage like that.
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The other side is close to breaking has well. It is not a RIA guide rod that broke the original full length came with the gun that I put back in tonight along with the original plug.
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What brand guide rod is it that broke?
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Looks like your recoil spring got all stacked up and that solid mass, spring and slide, began smashing into your guide rod.
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What brand guide rod is it that broke?
I'm not sure of the brand
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Next time you put change the guide rod, check that the flat part of the guide rod, the impact flange, actually butts against the frame. The round center sections of some guide rods will not fit down inside the large bore where the barrel lugs and link are. Some of the those bores are on the small side and prevent the round centering lug from slipping into it. The side of the centering lug on the broken guide rod seems to show signs of abrasion from a too tight fit.
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